Zia son is BNP acting chief

Dhaka: Bangladesh's main Opposition party, the BNP, has named the "fugitive" and convicted eldest son of Khaleda Zia as its acting chief, a day after the former Prime Minister was sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment in a graft case.

The 72-year-old three-time former Prime Minister was sentenced on Thursday by Dhaka's Special Court in connection with the embezzlement of 21 million taka (about $250,000) in foreign donations meant. The verdict simultaneously sentenced Zia's "fugitive" eldest son Tarique Rahman as he was tried in absentia.

"Tarique Rahman is now the acting chairman of BNP," senior secretary general of the party Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said. BNP leader Nazrul Islam Khan aid the decision was taken in line with the party's constitution. PTI


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